Final Jeopardy: Recent Oscar Winners

The Final Jeopardy question (1/16/2013) in the category “Recent Oscar Winners” was:

From 2008, it’s the most recent film to win Best Picture and Best Song; the lyrics are in a foreign language.

It’s been quite a trip for our current champ, Kristin Morgan. She’s hung in there through 2 co-champions, not to mention Final Jeopardy clues no one could get (even if they were in the same profession). Kristin now has a 5-day total of $69,098 and is going for a 6th win against these two players: James Hawthorne, Jr., from Rochester, NY and Joan Blinn, from Chicago, IL.

Joan found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “A Lotta Motto.” She was in the lead with $3,000, $1,600 more than Kristin in second place. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

In “Dead Poet’s Society,” Robin Williams rhymes “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may” with this similar motto.

Joan finished in the lead with $5,400. Kristin was second with $3,600 and James was last with $1,800.

James found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Sc”I”ence.” He was still in third place, but now had $3,400, $2,000 less than Joan’s lead. He bet $2,000, but could not come up with a reply so he was WRONG.

Basalt is an extrusive type of this rock; granite is an intrusive type.

Joan found the last Daily Double in “Pop.” She had the lead bigtime with $13,800, $7,800 more than Kristin in second place. She bet $2,200 and she was RIGHT.

This Shakespeare royal tells his youngest child, “Pray you now. Forget and forgive: I am old and foolish.”

Joan finished in the lead with $17,600. Kristin was next with $7,600 and James was in third place with $2,200.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Ah, how soon we forget! Set in India, “Slumdog Millionaire” tells the story of Jamal Malik, a young man from the Juhu slums of Mumbai who gets on the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” He does so well, he is accused of cheating. The 2008 film was nominated for 10 Oscars. In addition to the 2 referred to in the clue, it won 6 more. (IMDB)

James got “The Last King of Scot” down before time ran out and he couldn’t get “land” in there. He still would have lost everything but that dollar he didn’t bet. (From 2006, Forest Whitaker won Best Actor for his uncanny portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin).

Kristin wrote down “The King’s Speech,” although certain it was wrong and it was. She lost $3,199 and finished with $4,401. (A lot more recent, the 2010 film won 4 Oscars, but none for a song).

Joan didn’t write anything down. She only bet $600 so she won today’s game with a total of $17,000.

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2 Responses

  1. Gigi says:

    The clue is correct. The lyrics were anglicized for the Pussycat Dolls but the song from the film that won contains Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi.

  2. Alex says:

    the question itself was wrong – the “song” that won the oscar was not in a foreign language as the question read. “Jai Ho” lyrics are in English.